RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — After Week 5, only one of our Top 10 teams had lost, and now after week six none of them have lost. That’s why this week’s Top 10 will look pretty familiar. A reminder, we vote on this with the folks at RVA GameBreak, and you can visit them at: http://www.RVAGameBreak.com.
10) Hopewell Blue Devils (5-1)
Last week: def. Colonial Heights 55-6
This week: @ Prince George (3-3
Why: The Blue Devils keep on rolling over their Central District competition. It gets MUCH harder starting with Prince George and continuing with Thomas Dale and Dinwiddie. Meadowbrook to end the season will be no easy task.
9) Lee-Davis Confederates (5-1)
Last week: def. Armstrong 68-36
This week: @ Atlee (2-4)
Why: Josh Rice continues to dominate against teams not named Highland Springs. The Stew Bowl shouldn’t be much of a challenge for the Confederates this year, but match ups with Varina and Henrico loom.
8) Varina Blue Devils (5-1)
Last week: def. Patrick Henry 37-0
This week: vs. Henrico (4-2)
Why: Varina blew out Patrick Henry, but we predict that will not happen with the Warriors. Henrico and Varina have a great rivalry that always seems to be close, and it should be a great one Friday night.
7) L.C. Bird Skyhawks (5-1)
Last week: def. Clover Hill 35-0
This week: vs. #5 Manchester (5-1)
Why: This is the showdown the Skyhawks have been waiting for since losing to Thomas Dale. During the regular season, most teams will only get a few opportunities to prove how good they are. This is an opportunity for both teams to show how good they are.
6) Thomas Dale Knights (4-2)
Last week: def. Meadowbrook 39-0
This week: @ Petersburg (3-3)
Why: Thomas Dale showed no ill-effects of its shutout loss at Dinwiddie, returning the favor against Meadowbrook. Petersburg is much improved, but the Crimson Wave isn’t ready to give a good 6A a run for its money. Dale should win comfortably before moving on to Hopewell, who may provide a good challenge.
5) Manchester Lancers (5-1)
Last week: def. Huguenot 59-18
This week: vs. #7 L.C. Bird (5-1)
Why: A meeting of two 5-1 teams is an exciting thing. The only bearing this match up will have on the playoffs is for seeding, but it will be a lot of fun to watch. Manchester’s defense has been lockdown-level against everyone except for Monacan, while Bird has put up a lot of points against everyone except for Thomas Dale. Get your popcorn ready.
4) Monacan Chiefs (6-0)
Last week: def. James River 22-15 (OT)
This week: @ Cosby (1-5)
Why: Henderson Bowl I was a dogfight, and I have to wonder if a) Bobby Henderson had his older brother Jim’s playbook or b) the Chiefs overlooked the Rapids to some extent. Cosby is having a down year, but 6A teams tend to have superior depth, so Monacan needs to come ready to put this one away early or face another dogfight.
3) Highland Springs Springers (6-1)
Last week: def. Hanover 40-8
This week: idle
Why: Hanover got the jump on Highland Springs, but their happiness was short lived as the Springers hung 40-straight on them. The bye week comes at a good time for Highland Springs, though, as they close with tough defensive squads in Atlee, Patrick Henry, and Varina.
2) Dinwiddie Generals (6-0)
Last week: def. Matoaca 40-2
This week: @ Meadowbrook (2-4)
Why: Dinwiddie looked unbeatable against Matoaca, which is having a down year. They should run right through Meadowbrook as well. After the Monarchs, only the three Tri-Cities schools remain before Dinwiddie gears up for a playoff run.
1) Hermitage Panthers (7-0)
Last week: def. J.R. Tucker 53-14
This week: vs. Mills Godwin (3-4)
Why: The Colonial District schedule continues to do the Panthers no favors as far as rider points and preparation for the playoffs. Star linebacker Mateo Jackson committed to James Madison this week, but he probably won’t play more than the first half of any of their remaining games except the one at Manchester on October 27th.